The Ph.D. in Epidemiology program is in the Department of Epidemiology, which is jointly governed by both the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine. The program requires a minimum of 90 semester credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. All students must complete at least 36 credits of epidemiology core courses, 6 credits of statistics electives, 18 credits of epidemiology electives, 15 credits of general electives, and 15 credits of dissertation research. Students may also apply to graduate with a concentration in up to two 9-credit concentration areas. All entering students who do not hold MPH or equivalent degrees are also required by the College of Public Health and Health Professions to complete an Introduction to Public Health course.
All students admitted to the Ph.D. program in Epidemiology are fully funded for four years, including a tuition waiver and a stipend. Depending on a student’s source of funding, the student may work for up to 20 hours per week as a research assistant, a teaching assistant, or some combination of the both. Funding sources for students may include the student’s research mentor, the department, the college, the Graduate School, or external fellowships or scholarships pursued by the student.
The core course work is designed to incorporate competencies recommended in the report of the 2002 workshop on doctoral education in epidemiology from the American College of Epidemiology and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, and criteria for applied epidemiology competencies. The overall outcomes expected of all graduates are as follows:
- Apply epidemiological methods to address critical and/or emerging public health issues through the use of:
- Appropriate epidemiological research designs
- Advanced statistical analysis methods for health studies
- Data structures and measurement methods for health research
- Biological, behavioral and social theory applied to the understanding and prevention of contemporary threats to health and well-being
- Depth of knowledge in an area of specialization
- Assimilate the history, philosophy, and ethical principles of epidemiology into current research
- Develop grant proposals and manage research projects
- Write scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and communicate research results to scientists, policy makers, and the public
- Compete successfully for research and teaching positions in academic institutions, federal or state agencies, or private institutions.
Students in the Ph.D. program in Epidemiology may apply to graduate with a concentration in up to two of the following areas:
- Cancer Epidemiology
- Genetic Epidemiology
- Infectious Disease Epidemiology
- Psychiatric Epidemiology
- Clinical and Translational Science
Concentrations allow PhD students to focus their elective coursework toward a single content area that interests them. All concentrations offered by the Department of Epidemiology are completely optional, and students may enroll in up to two concentrations. Enrollment in a concentration requires the approval of the student’s academic advisor, research mentor, PhD Program Director, and Curriculum Committee Chair.
All concentrations require that students submit either (a) dissertation aims or (b) a first-authored publication that documents research in the area of the concentration in addition to the required courses.
The overarching goal of each concentration is to provide learners with advanced training in each respective field. This training will help prepare researchers for the frontlines of interdisciplinary team science targeted towards improving the quality of life, health, and society using epidemiologic tools and methods.
Details of the Ph.D. in Epidemiology program and application information are available at our website: http://epidemiology.phhp.ufl.edu/about/ph-d-in-epidemiology-2.
The Master of Science in Epidemiology (MSE) program is a 36-credit program that prepares students for careers in the public health arena that are focused on the surveillance and prevention of illnesses among diverse populations around the world. Students will be trained in the foundational aspects of epidemiology, including person, place, and time; risk and protective factors; and the social determinants of health. Areas of focus may include chronic disease, infectious disease, geriatric, environmental, psychiatric, social, cancer, and maternal and child health epidemiology.
The thesis is required to demonstrate skill in independent inquiry and investigation, under the tutelage of a mentor. All students must complete at least 15 credits of epidemiology core courses, 8 credits of biostatistics courses, 4 credits of professional development courses, 5 credits of electives, and 4 credits of thesis research.
Graduates of the MS in Epidemiology program will be able to:
- Apply surveillance, assessment, evaluation, and other foundational epidemiological research designs to all areas of interest,
- Choose appropriate measurement and analytic methods to study health and disease in a population,
- Utilize biological, behavioral and social theory to understand how to prevent and intervene to promote the public health.
Details of the Master of Science in Epidemiology program and application information are available at our website: https://epidemiology.phhp.ufl.edu/academics/mse/.
Degrees Offered with a Major in Epidemiology
- Doctor of Philosophy
- without a concentration
- concentration in Cancer Epidemiology
- concentration in Clinical and Translational Science
- concentration in Genetic Epidemiology
- concentration in Gero-Epidemiology
- concentration in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
- concentration in Psychiatric Epidemiology
- Master of Science
Requirements for these degrees are given in the Graduate Degrees section of this catalog.
Epidemiology (PHHP/COM) Departmental Courses
|PHC 6008||Cardiovascular Epidemiology||2|
|PHC 6009||Biology and Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS||3|
|PHC 6014||Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control of Chronic Diseases II||3|
|PHC 6034||Epidemic Investigation||2|
|PHC 6041||Landmarks in Psychiatric Epidemiology||2|
|PHC 6517||Public Health Concepts in Infectious Diseases||3|
|PHC 6591||Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology||3|
|PHC 6598||Foundations in Precision Medicine: Genetic Epidemiology||1|
|PHC 6711||Measurement in Epidemiology and Outcomes Research||3|
|PHC 6717||Public Health Surveillance||3|
|PHC 6932||Psychiatric Epidemiology Online Seminar Series||1|
|PHC 6937||Special Topics in Public Health||1-6|
|PHC 6939||CPE Psychiatric Grand Rounds||1|
|PHC 6971||Research for Master's Thesis||1-4|
|PHC 7000||Epidemiology Seminar II: Critical Evaluation, Research Proposals, and Methods||2|
|PHC 7007||Cancer Epidemiology||3|
|PHC 7017||Advanced Epidemiologic Methods III||3|
|PHC 7038||Psychiatric Epidemiology||3|
|PHC 7065||Critical Skills in Epidemiological Data Management||2|
|PHC 7083||Computational Data Science for Epidemiology||2|
|PHC 7199||Topics in Precision Medicine and Public Health Informatics||1|
|PHC 7427||Ethics in Population Science||2|
|PHC 7594||Genetic Epidemiology||3|
|PHC 7595||Introduction to Molecular Epidemiology||3|
|PHC 7727||Grant Writing for Population Health Research||2|
|PHC 7901||Epidemiology Literature Review and Critique (Journal Club)||1|
|PHC 7902||Scientific Writing for Peer Reviewed Publications for Popular Science||1|
|PHC 7910||International Field Epidemiology||3|
|PHC 7916||National Field Epidemiology||1-3|
|PHC 7918||Independent Study||1-3|
|PHC 7934||Seminar I: Epidemiology Past, Present, and Future||2|
|PHC 7979||Advanced Research||1-12|
|PHC 7980||Research for Doctoral Dissertation||1-15|
College of Public Health and Health Professions Courses
|GEY 5935||Topics in Gerontology||3|
|GEY 6220||Overview of Geriatric Care Management||3|
|GEY 6306||Interpersonal Communication Within the Aging Network||3|
|GEY 6646||Issues and Concepts in Gerontology||3|
|GEY 6936||Professional Development in Gerontology/Geriatrics||1-2|
|HSC 6905||Independent Study||1-3|
|HSC 6910||Supervised Research||1-5|
|HSC 6940||Supervised Teaching||1-5|
|PHC 6053||Regression Methods for the Health and Life Sciences||3|
|PHC 6120||Community Assessment and Partnerships||3|
|PHC 6193||Qualitative Data Analysis||3|
|PHC 6195||Health information for Diverse Populations: Theory & Methods||3|
|PHC 6316||Health, Risk, and Crisis Communication||3|
|PHC 6447||Ecology of HIV/Aids in the Rural South||3|
|PHC 6607||Critical Issues in Public Health||1|
|PHC 6917||Supervised Research Project||1-6|
|PHC 6945||Public Health Practicum||1-6|
|PHC 6946||Public Health Internship||1-9|
|PHC 7587||Theory Development and Testing in Behavioral & Community Public Health||2|
|PHC 7752||Seminar in Instrument Development for Public Health||2|
|PHC 7907||Social and Behavioral Science Journal Club||1|
|RCS 6036||Or to Forensic Vt P||3|
|RCS 6601||Forensic Rehabilitation Consultation I||3|
|RCS 6602||Forensic Rehabilitation Consultation II||3|
|RSD 6110||Rehabilitation Science Theory and Application I||3|
|RSD 6905||Individual Work||1-4|
|RSD 6910||Supervised Research||1-5|
|RSD 6930||Special Topics in Rehabilitation Science||1-4|
|RSD 6940||Supervised Teaching||1-3|
|RSD 7979||Advanced Research||1-12|
|RSD 7980||Research for Doctoral Dissertation||1-15|
SLO 1 Skills
Design epidemiologic research studies and analyze data to answer health-related research questions that are currently relevant to the population.
SLO 2 Skills
Prepare to become an independent researcher in the field of Epidemiology.
SLO 3 Knowledge
Illustrate a thorough understanding of epidemiology concepts.
SLO 4: Professional Behavior
Display ethical behaviors, cultural sensitivity, teamwork, professional conduct and communication, and build academic skills such as grant writing.
SLO 1 Knowledge
Apply surveillance, assessment, evaluation, and other foundational epidemiological research designs to all areas of interest.
SLO 2 Skills
Choose appropriate measurement and analytic methods to study health and disease in a population.
SLO 3 Skills
Utilize biological, behavioral and social theory to understand how to prevent and intervene to promote the public health.
SLO 4 Professional Behavior
Display ethical behavior, cultural sensitivity, integrity in research conduct, honesty, and teamwork.